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Introduction

Victory! With the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebellion has given
hope to a galaxy living in fear. Having lost their ultimate weapon, the
Empire scrambles to recover in the face of this crushing defeat.
As the scattered fragments of the battle station rain down upon
the Rebel base on Yavin 4, the Empire sets in motion a plan to seek
retribution against Rebel forces stationed on the small moon.

Component List

This component list gives the quantities for all components in the
core game. It does not include the expansion components found
in the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader figure packs. All cards
found in the core game are marked with the icon.

Not long after, when an Imperial beacon begins to broadcast from


an outpost some distance away from the Rebel base, a small team of
elite operatives is dispatched; their mission: to silence the signal at
all costs....

Game Overview
In Imperial Assault, two to five players take part in an epic Star
Wars adventure. One player controls the forces of the mighty
Galactic Empire, commanding everything from squadrons of
Stormtroopers to iconic villains, such as Darth Vader.

1 Threat and Round Dial


(assembled as shown above)

All other players work together as a team, each controlling a hero


of the Rebel Alliance. Throughout the course of the game, these
heroes travel the galaxy and take part in daring missions. During
each mission, Rebel and Imperial forces clash in tactical groundbased combat.
Players play multiple missions in order, growing in power
and experience until facing off in a climatic final mission that
determines the fate of the galaxy.

4 Door Tokens with


4 Plastic Stands

59 Map Tiles

Playing the Game


The core action of Imperial Assault happens during missions.
Each mission is a game of tactical combat played on a modular
game map. The map setup and special rules for each mission are
described in the included Campaign Guide.
This Learn to Play booklet starts with a tutorial that teaches players
the basic rules for playing a mission. This includes moving figures
on the map, resolving attacks, and winning a mission. It is important
for players to understand these concepts before moving on to larger
concepts, such as playing consecutive missions in a campaign.
In addition to the campaign, Imperial Assault can be played as
a two-player, head-to-head battle known as a skirmish. Once
players have learned the basics of Imperial Assault by playing the
tutorial, they can learn to play a skirmish or a campaign.

AT-ST Figure ASSEMBLY


5

Using this Booklet


This Learn to Play booklet is written with the sole purpose
of teaching new players how to play Imperial Assault.
For this reason, this booklet omits many rules exceptions
and card interactions.
In addition to this booklet, this game includes a Rules
Reference Guide. The Rules Reference Guide addresses
questions and special exceptions that are not answered in
this booklet. Players should refer to the Rules Reference
Guide if any questions arise during gameplay.

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11 Dice
(2 Blue, 2 Red, 2 Yellow,
2 Green, 2 Black, 1 White)

34 Figures
(includes AT-ST, assembled in
the order shown below)

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Haunted Exil

1 Rules
Reference Guide

1 Campaign Guide

1 Skirmish Guide

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Health

Endurance

Speed

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Haunted Exile

IMPERIAL

IMPERIAL INDUSTRY

INDUSTRY

REFERENCE: KEYWORDS

Restorative Supplies

Trooper

Blast: After the attack resolves, if the target


suffered 1 or more H, each figure and object
adjacent to the targeted space suffers H
equal to the Blast value.

Mea

Squad Training: While attacking, while


adjacent to another friendly Trooper, you
may reroll 1 attack die.

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Health

Speed

Defense

Onderon - Wilderness
The site of one of the earliest
battles between the Empire and
the Rebellion, Fenn Signiss heroic
actions were instrumental in the
liberation of Onderon.
Now the Empire seeks revenge against
the insurgent world. Fenn is called to
aid in keeping the planet safe from
Imperial influence once again.
Side Mission: Brushfire
(page 6, Core Game).

Rebel forces discover that the distress


beacon was a distraction orchestrated
by General Weiss, a rising star in the
Imperial military.
His efforts have made him a person
of interest to Rebel High Command.
Operatives are searching the galaxy for
information on this Generals plans
Story Mission: A New Threat
(page 24, Core Game).

Attack

Weapon Expert

Riot Grenades
attachment

If it can kill a trooper, I can


make it work.
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54 Hero Class Cards


(6 decks, 9 in each)

Expose Weakness

Reach: A figure with this keyword can


perform P attacks targeting figures up to 2
spaces away. The figure must still have line of
sight to the target.

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Shock Grenade

400 credits

Lightsaber - Blade

A: Choose a space
within 3 spaces. Roll
1 yellow die. Each figure
on or adjacent to that space
suffers H equal to the
H results and becomes
Stunned. Then, discard
this card.

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FFG

: Pierce 3
: +1H, Cleave 2H
When you use Foresight,
the attacker suffers 1H
REWARD
after the attack resolves.
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REWARD

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36 Item Cards
(3 decks, 12 in each)

FFG

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18 Reward Cards

12 Supply Cards

Stunned

Harmful

Get to the Ship


Mos Eisley Outskirts

You cannot attack or


voluntarily exit your space.

A figure can interact with a launch panel to flip the


token colored side up or gray side up. Each player
can flip a maximum of 1 token per round.

A: Discard this condition.

Any Figure

ficit

Attack

Consumable - Explosive

B: +2 Accuracy

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Attack

Blaster - Rifle

Standard issue for all


Imperial Stormtroopers.

27 Imperial Class Cards


(3 decks, 9 in each)

Recover: Remove the listed amount of


damage or strain tokens from the figure or
its Hero sheet.

18 Agenda Cards

B: +2H

MILITARY MIGHT

1 xp

Pierce: Ignore a number of G results equal


to the Pierce value.

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A: Exhaust this card to
choose a space within
3 spaces. Each figure on
or adjacent to that space
tests J. Each figure who
fails suffers 1C.

Cleave: After the attack resolves, if the target


suffered 1 or more H, the attacker may
choose a different hostile figure or object
that he could target for an attack. The chosen
figure or object suffers H equal to the
Cleave value.

2 Influence

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10 Story Mission Cards 14 Side Mission Cards

1C: Use while attacking


to gain Pierce 1 and
apply +2 Accuracy to the
attack results.

2 xp

Reward:

3 Influence

Reward: Veteran Prowess Reward Card


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39 Deployment Cards
(3 decks)

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Defense

6 Hero Sheets

Stormtrooper

Defense

Speed

12

1C: Use while defending


to reroll 1 defense die.

FFG

A: Choose an adjacent
hostile figure. The next
attack targeting that
figure gains Pierce 3.

End of each Round: Each player gains 5 VPs


for each colored launch panel he controls and 2
VPs for each gray launch panel he controls.
Set for stun.
Stormtrooper, A New Hope

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42 Command Cards

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12 Condition Cards
(3 decks, 4 in each)

1 Initiative Token

45 Damage Tokens
(35 1s and 10 5s)

2 Skirmish Mission Cards

20 Mission Tokens
(8 Rebel/Imperial,
12 Neutral)

8 Crate Tokens

1 Entrance
Token

15 Condition Tokens
(3 types, 5 of each)

35 Strain
Tokens

12 Ally and Villain Tokens

8 Terminal Tokens

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20 ID Tokens with
60 ID Stickers

4 Activation Tokens
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Tutorial

Playing a Mission

After learning the basics of gameplay, players are ready to learn


additional rules and begin playing a campaign.

1. Activation Phase: Play alternates back and forth, starting


with the Rebel players activating one of their figures and
resolving two actions, such as moving and attacking. Then
the Imperial player activates all figures corresponding to
one Deployment card.

To play the tutorial, first follow the Tutorial Setup steps listed
below. This diagram shows how to build the map, including where
to place tokens, figures, and doors.
Any unchosen hero figures and components are not used. If playing
with fewer than four Rebel players the Imperial player does not
use the E-Web Engineers Deployment card and figure.
If playing with fewer than three Rebel players, the Imperial player
also does not use the Probe Droids Deployment card and figure.
After performing setup, players are ready to begin playing the
game by following the rules for Playing a Mission on the right.

Missions in Imperial Assault are played over a number of game


rounds. Each round consists of two phases that are resolved in the
following order:

Players continue activating figures until each figure has


resolved an activation (see Activating a Figure on page 5).
2. Status Phase: After resolving all activations, players perform a
number of cleanup steps (see Status Phase on page 7.)
After resolving the Status Phase, play proceeds to the next round,
starting with Activation Phase. These phases are repeated until the
mission ends (see Ending a Mission on page 7).

Tutorial Setup

Hardened Veteran

Fenn Signis

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Defense

Subtle and versatile in equal


measure.

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Endurance

Health

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Speed

Defense

: +1H

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An older model, but its


reliable and well maintained.

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: +1 Accuracy

: Stun

: +1H

Reach
Staff

1C: Use while defending


to reroll 1 defense die.

Blaster - Rifle

2C: Use when you


declare an attack with a
P weapon. Choose and
remove 1 die from the
targets defense pool.
Limit once per activation.

Precise Strike

At the end of your


activation, if there are no
friendly figures adjacent
to you, recover 1C.

Attack

Foresight

Plasteel Staff

Attack

Lone Wolf

1C: Use while attacking


with a O weapon. This
attack gains Blast 1H.

Havoc Shot

6
Stunned
Harmful
You cannot attack or
voluntarily exit your space.
A: Discard this condition.

Set for stun.


Stormtrooper, A New Hope
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Infantry Rifle

6. Deploy Figures: Place all figures on the map on the spaces


indicated in the diagram on the right.

7
6

Map Tiles:
Stormtrooper

Trooper

B: +1H

7. Prepare Dice, Cards, and Other Tokens: Place all dice, the
Condition and Supply decks, damage tokens, strain tokens,
and condition tokens within easy reach of all players.

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5. Prepare Deployment Cards: The Imperial player takes one


each of the following four Deployment cards and places
them faceup in front of him: Stormtrooper (gray), E-Web
Engineer (gray), Probe Droid (red), Imperial Officer (gray).
If playing with fewer than 4 heroes, only use some of these
cards and figures (see Tutorial above).

Imperial
Officer figure

Speed

4. Activation Tokens: Each hero claims one activation token


and places it ready (green side faceup) on his Hero sheet.

Probe Droid
figure

(Only components for two heroes shown)

Each hero player takes the Hero sheet, figure, and Class deck
matching his hero. Then, he finds the weapon (marked with
P or O) in his Class deck and places it next to his Hero sheet.

E-Web Engineer
figure

Endurance

3. Prepare Hero Components: Each Rebel player chooses


one of the following four heroes: Fenn Signis, Diala Passil,
Gaarkhan, or Jyn Odan. If playing with only one Rebel
player, that player chooses two heroes.

Stormtrooper
figure

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2. Assign Roles: Players decide


who will take on the role of the Imperial player. It is
recommended that the most experienced player take on this
role. All other players take on the roles of the Rebel heroes.

Health

Door Icon

Diala Passil

1. Assemble Map: Assemble the map


using the map tiles, doors, crate token,
and terminal tokens shown on the right.

Haunted Exile

The easiest way to learn the rules for Imperial Assault is to play
a mission. For your first mission, begin by playing the Tutorial
explained on pages 48.

B: Recover 2H

B: Pierce 2
Tripod: During your activation, you cannot
voluntarily exit your space if you attack,
and you cannot attack if you exit
your space.
Assault: You can perform multiple attacks
each activation.

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Speed

Defense

Attack

Trooper - Heavy Weapon

+3 Accuracy

B: +2 Accuracy

Squad Training: While attacking, while


adjacent to another friendly Trooper, you
may reroll 1 attack die.

02 b , 07 b , 25 a , 27 a , 32 a , 33 a , 36 a , 38 a (2)

E-Web Engineer

Probe Droid
Droid

Mobile

B: +2H

B: Pierce 2

B: Recover 2H

Targeting Computer: While attacking, you may


reroll 1 attack die.
Self-Destruct: At the end of a round,
you may roll 1 red die. Each adjacent
figure and object suffers H equal to the
H results. Then, you are defeated.

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Health

Speed

Defense

Attack

Imperial Officer
Leader

B: Focus

B: +1H

B: +2 Accuracy
A Order: Choose another friendly figure
within 2 spaces. That figure may interrupt
to perform a move.
Cower: While defending, while adjacent
to a friendly figure, you may reroll
1 defense die.

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Speed

Defense

Attack

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Health

Speed

Defense

Attack

Activating a Figure

Example of Movement

When a figure is activated, resolve the following steps:


1. Start of Activation: When activating a hero, ready all of his
exhausted Class and Item cards. Readying cards is described in
detail later.

2. Perform Actions: The player performs any combination of


two actions with the figure. Possible actions include:

-- Move: Gain movement points to move on the map.

-- Attack: Attack a hostile figure. Only heroes can use more


than one action to attack.
-- Interact: Open an adjacent door or crate, or interact with
another token allowed by the missions rules.
-- Rest: Recover C (strain) and possibly recover H (damage).
-- Special: Resolve an A (action) ability listed on one of his
components.
After a Rebel figure resolves two actions, its activation ends and
the Imperial player chooses a deployment group to activate. After
the Imperial player activates all figures of a deployment group, the
heroes choose another Rebel figure to activate.
Players continue activating figures in this way until all figures
have been activated.

Deployment Groups
Each Deployment card contains one or more bars below its
deployment cost. The number of bars indicates the number
of figures that form this cards deployment group. While
performing an activation using a Deployment card, the
controlling player performs 2 actions with each figure in
the group in the order of his choice. He must resolve both
actions for one figure before choosing the next figure.

This group
contains
three figures

Stormtrooper

Trooper

Stormtrooper

Trooper

B: +1H

B: +2 Accuracy

Squad Training: While attacking, while


B:
+2 Accuracy
+1H friendly
adjacentB:
to another
Trooper
, you
may reroll 1 attack die.
Squad Training: While attacking, while
adjacent to another friendly Trooper, you
may reroll 1 attack die.

Move

When a figure performs a move, it gains movement points equal


to its Speed (printed on its Deployment card or Hero sheet).
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Speed

Health

Speed

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Defense
Defense

Attack

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Attack

A figure can move to an adjacent space by spending one


movement point. Both orthogonal and diagonal movement is
allowed. A figures movement points may be spent at any time
during its activation, before or after it performs an action.
Terrain and other figures can restrict figure movement (see
Movement Restrictions on page 8).

1. A Stormtrooper uses its first action to perform a move.


It gains four movement points (equal to its Speed). The
Imperial player then spends one movement point to
move the figure one space.
2. After moving, he chooses to use his second action to
interact with the door to open it.
3. He has three movement points remaining and spends them
to move three more spaces before ending his activation.

Interact
Figures can search, examine, or otherwise interact with objects on
the map during a mission. A figure can interact with a token in its
space or in an adjacent space as follows:
Crates: A hero can interact with a crate to
draw one Supply card. He places the Supply
card faceup near his Hero sheet and may use
the ability as explained on the card. Then, he
claims the crate token by removing it from
the map and placing it by his Hero sheet.
During a campaign, crates are worth credits
at the end of the mission.

Crate Token

Doors: A figure can interact with a door to


open it. He removes the door from the map
and returns it to the game box.
Special: A figure can interact with other
tokens on the map, such as a terminal or
mission token, as stated in the missions rules.

Rest

Door

During campaign missions, heroes can suffer C (strain) to resolve


powerful abilities (see Strain and Endurance on page 7).
By resting, a hero can recover C equal to his Endurance. If a hero
recovers C in excess of the number of strain tokens he has, the
hero recovers H (damage) equal to the amount of excess (see
Suffering and Recovering on page 8).
Only heroes can rest.

Special Action
Many Class cards, abilities, and mission rules allow figures to
perform unique actions. These abilities are denoted with a A.
Each special action can only be performed once per activation.

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Attack Restrictions

Attack

B: +1H

Reach

B: +2 Accuracy

B: Stun

Each attack is either a melee attack (P) or a ranged


Performing an attack is the main way in which a figure can
Reach
B: +1H
B: Stun
Squad Training:
While(O),
attacking,
while
attack
as indicated
by the icon before
the dice icons.
damage a hostile figure. When a figure has suffered H (damage)adjacent
to
another
friendly
Trooper
you
,
B:
+1H
Protector:
Apply
+1G
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defense results of
equal to its Health, it is defeated (see Defeated on page 8).
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Health

Speed

Defense Dice

Defense

Attack

Attack Dice

Health

Speed

Attack Type

After dice are rolled, the target of the attack suffers H equal to
the number of H icons rolled minus the number of G (block)
icons rolled by the defender.
In addition to H and G icons, there are four other results that
appear on dice:
B (surge): After rolling dice, the attacker can spend these
results to trigger certain abilities (see Abilities on page 7).
F (evade): Each evade icon cancels one B icon.
E (dodge): This icon appears on the white die. This result
causes the entire attack to miss (the target suffers zero damage).
Accuracy: The numbers on the dice are used to determine if a
ranged attack (O) misses (see Accuracy on the right).
Important: Heroes are the only figures that can use both of their
actions to perform attacks during the same activation. If a special
action (A) involves one or more attacks, this does count as the
figure using an action to attack.

Ranged
Attack

Defense

AttackHealth

Speed

Melee
Attack

Defense

Attack

When performing a ranged attack, follow these restrictions:


Line of Sight: To declare the attack, the target figure must be
in line of sight of the attacking figure.
To determine if a target is within line of sight, the attacking
player chooses one corner of his figures space. Then he traces
two straight, uninterrupted lines to two different corners of
the targets space. These lines cannot overlap and cannot be
traced through walls (thick black lines), blocked terrain (red
lines), or spaces containing figures. See Example of an Attack
below for a visual example.
Accuracy: After rolling dice, the amount of accuracy (the sum
of the numbers on the dice) must be equal to or greater than
the number of spaces the target is away from the attacker,
referred to as distance. If the accuracy is less than the distance
to the target, the attack misses and the target suffers zero
damage. The farther the distance to a target, the less likely it is
that the attacker will roll enough accuracy for his attack to be
successful.

Example of an Attack
6

1. The first Stormtrooper has line of sight to Diala, because he


can draw two non-intersecting lines from one corner of his
space to two different corners of Dialas Space.

Stormtrooper

1Trooper
Ambush

B: +1H

1C: Use when you declare


an attack targeting a
figure that does not
have line of sight to you.
This attack gains Pierce 2.

B: +2 Accuracy

Covert

Squad Training: While attacking, while


adjacent to another friendly Trooper, you
may reroll 1 attack die.

Hostile figures 4 or more


spaces away from you do
not have line of sight to
you. You do not block line
of sight for those figures.

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Defense

2. The second Stormtrooper does not have line of sight to


Diala because blocking terrain (a red line on the map)
intersects the second line drawn from his corner to
Dialas space.
3. The Imperial player performs an attack with the first
Stormtrooper. He rolls the dice listed for his figures Attack,
while his opponent simultaneously rolls the die listed for
Dialas Defense.
4. The attacker rolled a total of 4 Accuracy. Diala is only two
spaces away, so the attack does not miss.
5. Then the defender takes the number of H (damage) rolled
and subtracts the number of G (block) icons rolled. The
total result is three. Diala suffers 3H by placing three
damage tokens on her Hero sheet.

Additional Core Rules

Tracking Activations
and Exhausting Cards
When a hero is activated, he flips his activation token red
side faceup to mark that he has resolved his activation.

This section lists additional rules that are needed to play the Tutorial.
This includes using special abilities, suffering damage, and more.

Abilities
Abilities are found on Hero sheets, Deployment cards, Class cards,
and within mission rules.
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Precise Strike

Stormtrooper

Trooper

2C: Use when you


declare an attack with a
P weapon. Choose and
remove 1 die from the
targets defense pool.
Limit once per activation.

Ready
Activation Token

Foresight

Exhausted
Activation Token

1C: Use while defending


to reroll 1 defense die.

B: +2 Accuracy

B: +1H

Abilities

Squad Training: While attacking, while


adjacent to another friendly Trooper, you
may reroll 1 attack die.

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When the last figure from a Deployment card is activated,


its card is exhausted (rotated 90 degrees). Figures
corresponding to an exhausted Deployment card cannot be
activated again during this game round.
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Stormtrooper

Trooper

Stormtrooper
Trooper

Ready
Deployment Card

Attack

Defense

B: +2 Accuracy

Attack

Speed

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Health

B: +1H

Defense

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Squad Training: While attacking, while


adjacent to another friendly Trooper, you
may reroll 1 attack die.

Speed

Squad Training: While attacking, while


adjacent to another friendly Trooper, you
may reroll 1 attack die.

B: +2 Accuracy

Endurance

Speed

12

Defense

Health

Speed

Defense

Attack

Haunted Exile

Abilities provide special effects that can be performed above and


beyond the standard rules of the game. For example, an ability
may let a figure perform an additional attack or allow it to break
the rules in certain situations.
Some abilities are prefaced by icons that function as follows:

Health

B: +1H

Diala Passil

Health

Exhausted
Deployment Card

The Activation Phase ends when all activation tokens and


Deployment cards are exhausted.

Status Phase
After all figures have resolved their activations, players resolve a
number of steps to prepare for the next round.
For the tutorial, players should simply ready all exhausted
Deployment cards (by rotating them upright) and activation
tokens (by flipping them green side faceup).
After resolving this phase, players start the next game round
beginning with a new Activation Phase.

Ending a Mission
The missions rules describe when the mission will end.
For the Tutorial, the Rebel players objective is to defeat all
Imperial figures. The Imperial players objective is to either have
one of his figures interact with a terminal or defeat a hero.
The mission ends as soon as one of these objectives is fulfilled.

C: The hero must suffer the amount


of C listed before the C (strain) icon to use
the ability (see Strain and Endurance below).
D: The Imperial player must spend
the amount of D (threat) listed before the
D icon to use the ability. Threat is not used
in the tutorial and is described later.

Weapon Expert
1C: Use while attacking
to gain Pierce 1 and
apply +2 Accuracy to the
attack results.

Class card ability


with
a C cost
If it can kill a trooper, I can
make it work.

2 xp

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A: These abilities can be used as an action (see Special


Action on page 5).
B: These abilities can be used by spending B (surge) results
during an attack. The number of B the attacker can spend
during the attack is equal to the amount of B rolled minus
the number of F (evades) rolled.
Note: While performing an attack, a hero may spend up to 1B
to recover 1C (see Suffering and Recovering on page 8).

Strain and Endurance

Ambush

All heroes can overexert themselves by


suffering C (strain) to perform superior
feats. The two most common reasons to suffer
C are to use abilities (see above) and to move
additional spaces.

1C: Use when you declare


an attack targeting a
figure that does not
have line of sight to you.
This attack gains Pierce 2.

Covert

Hostile figures 4 or more


spaces away from you do
not have line of sight to
you. You do not block line
of sight for those figures.

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Mak Eshkarey

Health

Endurance

Speed

10

Defense

Bold Renegade

A Heros Endurance

A hero can only optionally suffer an amount


of C up to his Endurance. If any game effect forces a figure to suffer
C that would exceed its Endurance, the figure suffers H equal to
the amount of excess C.

Additional Movement
At any point during his activation, a hero may suffer C to gain
movement points. For each C he suffers, the hero gains one
movement point, which is added to the total of movement points
he possesses. Only heroes can suffer C to gain movement points.
A hero can do this up to two times per activation.
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Suffering and Recovering

Movement Restrictions

When a hero suffers H (damage) or C (strain), he places the


appropriate number of corresponding tokens on his Hero sheet.
For other figures, this amount of tokens is placed on the map next
to that figure.

In most situations a figure can spend one movement point to


move into an adjacent space. There are, however, two main
elements that can restrict movement: terrain and hostile figures.

Many game effects allow a figure to recover H or C.


When this happens, discard the appropriate number of
corresponding tokens from the figure (either from the heros Hero
sheet or next to the figures base).
Note: If a hero recovers C in excess of the number of strain tokens
he has, the hero recovers H equal to the amount of excess C.

Damage and Health


Attacks and abilities can cause a figure to
suffer H (damage). When a figure has suffered
H equal to its Health, that figure is immediately
defeated. A figure cannot suffer H in excess of
its Health (any excess H is ignored).

Damage Token

Defeated
When a figure has suffered damage equal to its Health, it is defeated.
When a hero is defeated, he becomes wounded (see below). When
any other figure is defeated, it is removed from the map.
When the last figure in a group is defeated, the corresponding
Deployment card is returned to the Imperial players hand.

Wounded
When a hero is defeated for the first time during a mission, he
discards all damage tokens from his Hero sheet and flips his Hero
sheet to the wounded side.
Precise Strike

Foresight

2C: Use when you


declare an attack with a
P weapon. Choose and
remove 1 die from the
targets defense pool.
Limit once per activation.

1C: Use while defending


to reroll 1 defense die.

Foresight

1C: Use while defending


to reroll 1 defense die.

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Diala Passil

Health

Endurance

Speed

12

LFL FFG

Defense

Haunted Exile

Healthy side of a Hero sheet

Diala Passil

Health

Endurance

Speed

12

Defense

Haunted Exile

Wounded side of a Hero sheet

The wounded side of a Hero sheet is similar to the healthy side,


but certain abilities may no longer be present, and many values for
statistics and attributes may be changed. If there are more strain
tokens on his Hero sheet than his Endurance value he discards the
excess strain tokens.
A hero who is wounded follows all rules for activation and can
still suffer H. If a wounded hero is defeated, he withdraws.

Withdrawal
A hero who withdraws removes his figure from the map. His
figure can no longer activate and is eliminated from the mission.

Movement Through Terrain


Some spaces on the map have a terrain type as defined by a colorcoded line around the space. These spaces have the following
effects on gameplay:
Walls: Indicated by a black line that most
often appears on the edge of map tiles.
Two spaces separated by a wall are not
adjacent. Figures cannot move through or
trace line of sight through walls.
Impassible: Indicated by a dotted red
border between spaces on the map. Figures
cannot move through dotted red lines.
Two spaces separated by impassible terrain
are adjacent, and line of sight can be traced
through impassible terrain.

Wall

Impassible Terrain

Blocked: Indicated by a solid red border


surrounding a space. Figures cannot enter
or trace line of sight through spaces of
blocking terrain.
Doors: Indicated by a door token between
Blocked Terrain
spaces on the map. Two spaces separated by
a door are not adjacent. Figures cannot move
through or trace line of sight through doors.
Difficult: Indicated by a solid blue border
surrounding a space. A figure must spend
one additional movement point to enter a
space of difficult terrain.

Movement Through Figures

Difficult Terrain

A figure can move into a space occupied by a friendly or neutral


figure at no additional cost. A figure can move into a space
occupied by a hostile figure, but must spend one additional
movement point to do so.
A figure cannot end its movement in a space containing another
figure.

Keywords
Keywords are used as shorthand for certain abilities. The keywords
Blast, Cleave, Pierce, Recover, and Reach are used in the
tutorial. For information, see the Rules Reference Guide or the
included Reference card. Other keywords, Bleed, Stun, and
Focus, relate to conditions. For the purposes of the tutorial, ignore
all abilities that use conditions. They are described in detail later.

Stop!
You now know everything needed to play the tutorial
mission. After playing this, you will have a basic
understanding of the game and be ready to learn advanced
rules before you begin playing a campaign (see page 9).

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Advanced Rules

Conditions

There are a number of general rules that apply to all game modes, but are When a hero gains a condition (such as Bleed, Stun, or
Focus), he takes a Condition card of the listed name and places
not needed in the tutorial. These rules are listed on this page.
it by his Hero sheet. When any other figure gains a condition,
place a condition token next to the figure. While a figure has
Figures
a Condition card or token, it must follow the rules on the
Figures on the map represent characters, vehicles, and creatures
corresponding Condition card.
controlled by the players. Some figures are plastic miniatures, while
Condition names are sometimes used as keywords on
others are represented by cardboard tokens.
Deployment, Item, and Class cards. For example, a figure with the
Friendly and Hostile Figures
B: Bleed ability can spend a B while attacking to trigger this
ability. As long as the target figure suffers at least 1H during the
Figures on the map relate to each other in one of two ways: figures
attack, that figure becomes Bleeding.
can either be friendly or hostile. An attack can only target a hostile
figure. Numerous other game effects specify whether they affect a
Retrieving tokens
friendly or hostile figure.
Some missions allow figures to retrieve specific tokens on the
In a campaign, all Rebel figures are friendly toward each other and
map. In order to retrieve a token, the figure must perform an
hostile toward all Imperial figures. Likewise, all Imperial figures are
interact while on or adjacent to the token. The player then places
friendly toward each other and hostile toward all Rebel figures.
the token on his figures base to denote that the figure is now
carrying it. When the figure moves, the token moves with it.
Figure Size
A figure that occupies only one space on the map is a small figure. A If the figure is defeated, the token is dropped in the figures space
figure that occupies more than one space on the map is a large figure. and can be retrieved following the rules above. Figures cannot
optionally drop tokens that they are carrying.
The following rules apply to large figures:
When a large figure attacks, line of sight may be traced from any single
space it occupies. When a large figure is attacked, the figure performing
the attack can target any single space the large figure occupies.
A large figure cannot move diagonally. While moving, a large figure
cannot rotate its base unless it spends one movement point to do
so. When doing this, the large figure must occupy at least half of the
spaces it occupied before the rotation.

Duplicate Figure Groups

Controlling Tokens and Spaces


Some missions require figures to control tokens or spaces on
the map. To control a token or space, there must be a friendly
figure on or adjacent to the token or space and no hostile figures
on or adjacent to the token or space.

Timing
Many game effects allow figures to trigger abilities during another
figures activation. These abilities specify that they interrupt,
followed by the effect of the ability.

It is important that players can easily identify which figures


correspond to which Deployment card. Whenever two or more
Deployment cards with the same name are deployed, players can use When this happens, the current activation pauses while the
interrupting ability is resolved. Then the activation resumes.
the included ID stickers and tokens.
Simply apply matching stickers to all figures that correspond to one
of the Deployment cards and place the matching ID token on that
card. It is not necessary for any type of figure to have a specific color
or number, as long as the same sticker is not used on different types
of figures.

Simultaneous Effects
If two effects happen at exactly the same time, the player currently
activating a figure chooses the order in which they resolve. If no
figure is currently being activated, the Imperial player decides (during
a campaign) or the player with initiative decides (during a skirmish).

Whats Next?
You now know all general rules and are ready to play a full
game. There are two distinct games that can be played.

If desired, players may find other ways to differentiate their figure


groups, such as by painting the figures or bases in different colors.

The campaign is a series of linked missions with a


progressing narrative. Over the course of a campaign, players
resolve a variety of missions while acquiring new Item,
Agenda, and Class cards. To start playing a campaign, read
pages 1012 of this Learn to Play booklet.
A Skirmish is a competitive, two-player game. Players
construct armies using the figures of their choice and face
each other in special skirmish missions. To play a skirmish,
begin by reading the Skirmish Guide.
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Playing a Campaign

After players have learned the core mission rules in the tutorial,
they are ready to play a full campaign.
The campaign opens with players resolving the actionpacked introductory scenario Aftermath. This mission lays
the groundwork for the main story arc and helps players get
comfortable with the complete mission rules.
To start playing a new campaign, players first perform the steps of
Campaign Setup below.

Campaign Setup
1. Choose Player Roles: Players decide who will take on the
role of the Imperial player. It is recommended that the most
experienced player take on this role. All other players take on
the roles of the Rebel heroes.
Players retain these roles for the entirety of the campaign.
2. Choose Heroes: Each Rebel player chooses one Hero sheet
and takes that heros matching Class deck and hero figure.
Then each Rebel player retrieves the basic Item cards (the
cards without an XP cost) from his Class deck and places them
faceup on the table in front of him.
3. Choose Imperial Class: The Imperial player chooses one
Imperial Class deck. Then he retrieves the basic Class card (the
card without an XP cost) from this deck and places it faceup on
the table in front of him.
4. Build Agenda Deck: The Imperial player takes all Agenda
cards and sorts them by set (listed in the upper-right corner of
the card). He chooses six Agenda card sets and shuffles these
18 cards to create the Agenda deck.

Less than Four Heroes?


Imperial Assault provides a balanced experience for 25
players. If playing with fewer than four heroes, Rebel players
receive special cards from the Reward deck during setup.
These cards help balance the game by increasing the heroes
Health and providing additional activation tokens.
After campaign setup for fewer than four heroes, give heroes
the following components:
2-Hero Game: Each hero receives a Legendary Reward
card.
3-Hero Game: Each hero receives a Heroic Reward card.
If there is only one Rebel player in the game, he plays a
two-hero game and controls both of them separately.
A hero who has two activation tokens flips only one token
facedown after resolving an activation (meaning he will be
able to activate twice each round). A hero cannot perform
his second activation until each hero has performed his first
activation.

Mission Setup
Before playing a mission, players perform the following steps:
1. Assemble Map: The Imperial player assembles this missions
map using map tiles as shown in the missions diagram in the
Campaign Guide. He places all tokens on the map as indicated
in the diagram.
2. Prepare Threat and Round Dial: The Imperial player sets the
threat dial to 0 and the round dial to 1.

Agenda cards are described in detail on page 14 under


Spending Influence.
5. Build Side Mission Deck: After playing the introductory
mission, heroes use Mission cards to choose which mission
they will resolve next.
During this step of setup, Rebel players create the Side Mission
deck that will be used during this campaign. They first sort the
Side Mission cards by the color on the face of the cards. Then
they create the Side Mission deck by shuffling together the
following cards:
-- Each red Side Mission card corresponding to their heroes
-- Four green cards of the heroes choice
-- Four random gray cards (do not reveal these cards to
AFTERMATH
any player)
6. Set Up Introductory Mission: Players are ready to play the
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introductory mission for the core campaign. To prepare
this
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mission, follow the Mission Setup steps listed to the right.
To resolve these, the Imperial player will need to reference the
Aftermath mission on page 4 of the Campaign Guide.
If this is your first time playing, the Imperial player should
first read the general mission rules found on page 2 of the
Campaign Guide.

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Round

Threat

3. Deployment and Setup: The Imperial player takes all


Deployment cards and sorts them into groups as listed in the
Deployment and Setup box of the mission rules. This box
has up to four different elements:

DEPLOYMENT AND SETUP


Initial Groups: Imperial Officer, Probe Droid,
Stormtrooper.
Reserved Groups: E-Web Engineer, Imperial
Officer, Stormtrooper.
Open Groups: None.

Example of a Deployment and Setup box

-- Initial Groups: Take the listed Deployment cards and place


them faceup on the table. The corresponding figures are
EVENT SUMMARY
placed on the map during
step 4 Deploy Imperial Figures.
End of Round when door
opens: Lockdown

Round 6: End of Mission


Door opens: Fortified
All terminals destroyed or

Playing Campaign Missions

The campaign Guide


The map diagram and special rules for each mission are listed
in the Campaign Guide. To set up a mission, the Imperial
player finds the chosen mission in the Campaign Guide.
The information in the Campaign Guide is secret and can be
read only by the Imperial player. At certain points during
each mission, the Imperial player will read aloud some of this
information to the Rebel players.
-- Reserved Groups: The Imperial player secretly takes the listed
Deployment cards and places them in a facedown pile out of
the way. The figures corresponding to these cards are placed
on the map when dictated by the mission rules.
-- Open Groups: The Imperial player secretly chooses a number
of Deployment cards as listed in the Open Groups section.
These cards form a secret hand of Deployment cards and can
be used to deploy figures to the map during the Status Phase
(see Threat and Deployment on the right).
He may choose any U or W Deployment cards except
unique cards (cards with a before the name); unique cards
must be earned as mission rewards before being used as
open groups (see Allies on page 15).
Deployment cards not in initial, reserved, or open groups are
returned to the game box and not used during this mission.
-- Special Setup: Some missions have a Special Setup section.
Any instructions listed here are performed at this time.

Missions in Imperial Assault are played over a number of game


rounds. Each round consists of an Activation Phase (see page
5) followed by a Status Phase (see below).
After resolving the Status Phase, players begin a new round
starting with the Activation Phase. These phases are repeated until
the mission ends (see Ending a Mission on page 12).

CHAIN OF COMMAND

Campaign Status Phase


28 bits activation, players resolve the
o perationS
oom
After
each figure r
has
resolved

2. Ready: The Imperial player readies all of his exhausted Class


and Deployment cards. Each hero readies all of his activation
tokens, flipping them green side faceup.
3. Deploy and Reinforce: The Imperial player may spend D
(threat) to bring additional figures onto the map.
4. End of Round Effects: If there are any abilities or mission
rules triggered at the end of this game round, players resolve
them at this time (see Mission Events on page 12).
5. Advance Round Dial: Advance the round dial by one. Then
begin a new round, starting with the Activation Phase.

Threat and Deployment

5. Prepare Dice, Cards, and Other Tokens: Place all dice,


Condition and Supply decks, damage tokens, strain tokens,
and condition tokens within easy reach of all players.

Each Deployment card has a deployment cost, a reinforcement


cost, and a group limit. During each Status Phase, the Imperial
player may deploy groups of figures and/or reinforce individual
figures to the map.
Reinforcement Cost

Deployment
Cost

If the heroes have earned an Ally, they can choose to deploy it


at this time. Allies are not used in the introductory mission and
are described later.
8. Prepare Activation Tokens: Each hero receives one activation
token and places it ready (green side faceup) on his Hero
sheet. If playing with fewer than four heroes, they may receive
additional activation tokens as specified on their Legendary
or Heroic Reward cards.
After players have finished setup, they are ready to begin playing
the game.

Stormtrooper
Trooper

Group Limit

B: +1H

Entrance Token

Open G

1. Increase Threat: The Imperial player increases the threat dial


by the threat level listed on the campaign log, which is found
on the back of the Campaign Guide. For the introductory
mission, the threat level is two.

During the Status Phase of each round, the Imperial player increases
D (threat) which he can spend to deploy additional figures.

7. Deploy Rebel Figures: Each Rebel player


places his hero figure in an empty space
as close to the entrance token as possible.
This includes the space containing the
entrance token itself.

Reserve

following steps before the next round begins:

4. Deploy Imperial Figures: The Imperial player deploys figures


on the map as indicated in the diagram.

6. Read Mission Briefing: The Imperial player reads the


Mission Briefing section of the mission rules aloud to the
Rebel players. If there are any map tiles in the diagram that
have names, he should also indicate these tiles and names to
all players. He keeps the rest of the mission rules to himself
until instructed to resolve them.

Initial G
Stormtr

B: +2 Accuracy

Squad Training:
While
attacking, a
while
To deploy a group, the Imperial
player
chooses
Deployment card
adjacent to another friendly Trooper, you
in his hand and spends D equal
to
the
cards
deployment
cost.
may reroll 1 attack die.
Then he places the card faceup on the table and places a number of
corresponding figures on the map equal to the
cards group limit. These figures are placed as close
as possible to a green deployment point shown
Speed theDefense
in the missions diagram. ThisHealth
includes
space Attack
containing the deployment point
itself.
3
4
Deployment Point
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To reinforce a figure, he chooses a Deployment


card already on the table and spends D equal to the cards
reinforcement cost. Then he places one figure
fromSUMMARY
that group as
EVENT
close as possible to a green deployment point.
Round 1, Start: The General

Each time he spends D he reduces


threat dial by that amount.
Round the
2, End: Vulnerable
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Weiss defeated, all heroes wounded: End of Missio

Example of Deployment

2
6

Trooper

B: +2 Accuracy

B: +1H

Squad Training: While attacking, while


DEPLOYMENTadjacent
AND SETUPto another friendly Trooper, you
Initial Groups: Imperialmay
Officer, Probe
Droid,
reroll
1 attack die.

AFTERMATH

Stormtrooper.

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Reserved Groups: E-Web Engineer, Imperial


Officer, Stormtrooper.

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Open Groups: None.

1. At the start of the Status Phase, the Imperial


player has 5D. During the Increase Threat step,
he increases D by the campaign level of 2. He
adjusts the dial to reflect this new total of 7.

Stormtrooper

EVENT SUMMARY

LFL FFG

End of Round when door


opens: Lockdown

Health

Speed

Round 6: End of Mission


Door opens: Fortified

2. During the Deploy and Reinforce step, he


decides to Deploy a group of Stormtroopers.
DEPLOYMENT
AND SETUP
AFTERMATHHe reduces his threat dial by the
Stormtroopers
Initial Groups: Imperial Officer, Probe Droid,
Stormtrooper.
deployment
cost of 6, leaving him with 1 D
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Reserved Groups: E-Web Engineer, Imperial
Stormtrooper.
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(not shown).
Then he takesOfficer,
a Stormtrooper
Open Groups: None.
Deployment card from his hand and places it
faceup on the table.

Defense

Attack

All terminals destroyed or


all heroes wounded: End of
Mission

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MISSION BRIEFING

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FORTIFIED

END OF MISSION

When the door opens:

When all terminals are destroyed:

Mission Information
Arriving at the outpost, you immediately
open fire upon the troops standing guard.
You suspect they knew you were coming
and that youre likely walking into an
ambush. All the same, with the signal
continuing to broadcast, there just isnt
time for a more subtle approach.

Deploy the reserved E-Web Engineer to


any yellow point. That figure becomes
Focused.

Deploy the reserved Stormtrooper and


Imperial Officer to the Storage Room.

Theyre here! the Imperial forces shout


as they scramble their defenses. Keep
them away from the transmitters!

A Rebel figure can attack a terminal


(Health: 4, Defense: 1G). Apply +1G
to the terminals defense results if it is
adjacent to 1 or more Imperial figures.

Doors are locked to Imperial figures.

The mission ends when all terminals are


destroyed, at the end of Round 6, or when
all heroes are wounded.

Theres a crackle from your comlink.


Imperial forces on approach! your
pilot contacts you from your transport,
now circling overhead. The place is
going to be crawling with them soon, so
get the job done quick!

Put Mission card A New Threat into


play. Heroes receive 100 credits per hero.

Imperial soldiers pour out of the forest


on all sides; the beacon has done its job,
and you have to run. With so many of
the Imperial survivors getting organized,
Rebel ground troops are going to have
their hands full.

At the end of the Round in which the


door opens:

The Imperial player chooses 1 of the following:

Each terminal has 7 Health instead of 4.

The door to the Atrium closes and is locked.


A Rebel figure can attack the door (Health:
8, Defense: 1 black die). The red deployment
point is now active.

Put Mission card Under Siege into play.


The Imperial player receives 1 influence.

Each player receives 1 XP. Heroes receive


100 credits per hero. The Imperial player
receives 1 influence.

Each mission
full of many surprises that provide a sense of
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exploration for the Rebel players. For this reason, Rebel players
cannot read the Campaign Guide. Though most rules and
mission information will eventually become available to the
heroes, this information is presented over time as they play
through the mission.
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Mission Events

These events are often triggered at the end of a certain game


round, but may also be triggered when a specific situation occurs
DEPLOYMENT AND SETUP
AFTERMATH
(for example,
when a certain door is opened
a Imperial
figure).
Initialby
Groups:
Officer, Probe Droid,
Stormtrooper.

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Reserved
Groups: E-Web Engineer,
Imperial
If this occurs during
a figures activation, the
Imperial
player
Officer, Stormtrooper.
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Open Groups:
interrupts the activation in progress. He reads
theNone.text aloud,
resolves any special instructions listed, and then the player
continues resolving his figures activation.
b

The Event Summary box in the


Campaign Guide provides the Imperial
player a list of when events are triggered
during this mission.

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MISSION BRIEFING

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You suspect they knew you were coming


and that youre likely walking into an
ambush. All the same, with the signal
continuing to broadcast, there just isnt
time for a more subtle approach.

a trium

25 b

FORTIFIED
EachMISSION
missions
rules list the conditions
BRIEFING
When the door opens:
Arriving cause
at the outpost,the
you immediately
that
mission to end. As soon
open fire upon the troops standing guard.
Deploy the reserved E-Web Engineer to
any yellowthe
point. That
figure becomes
as
is met,
Imperial
You an
suspectend
they knewcondition
you were coming
Focused.
and that youre likely walking into an
ambush.
All
the
same,
with
the
signal
reserved Stormtrooper and
player resolves the EndDeploy
oftheMission
continuing to broadcast, there just isnt
Imperial Officer to the Storage Room.
time for a more subtle
approach.
section
of the
mission rules. He reads
Theyre here! the Imperial forces shout
as they scramble
defenses. Keep
the
story
text aloud,
and their
then
A Rebellisted
figure can attack
a terminal
them away from the transmitters!
(Health: 4, Defense: 1G). Apply +1G
to
the
terminals
defense
results
if
it
is
gives
players the rewards
below.
Thereslisted
a crackle from
your comlink.
adjacent to 1 or more Imperial figures.
Imperial forces on approach! your
contacts you from listed
your transport,
Doors are locked
to Imperialreceive
figures.
Then
players
thepilot
rewards
now circling overhead. The place is
The mission ends when all terminals are
going
to
be
crawling
with
them soon, so
in
theatAdditional
Rewards
section.
destroyed,
the end of Round 6, or when
get the job done quick!

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FORTIFIED
When the door opens:
` Deploy the reserved E-Web Engineer to
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any yellow point. That figure becomes


Focused.

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`

Deploy the reserved Stormtrooper and


Imperial Officer to the Storage Room.

EVENT SUMMARY
End of Round when door
opens: Lockdown
Round 6: End of Mission
Door opens: Fortified
All terminals destroyed or
all heroes wounded: End of
Mission

Example of an Event
Summary box
END OF MISSION

When all terminals are destroyed:


Their plans disrupted, the remaining
Imperial forces fall into a hasty retreat.
Nice work! Your pilot grins back
at you as you pile into the transport.
Ground troopsll be able to keep em
nice and scattered now.

END OF MISSION
When all terminals are destroyed:
Their plans disrupted, the remaining
Imperial forces fall into a hasty retreat.
Nice work! Your pilot grins back
at you as you pile into the transport.
Ground troopsll be able to keep em
nice and scattered now.

LOCKDOWN
There is
most often not a stated winner
end of the Round in which the
toAt theeach
individual
mission, though
door
opens:
The
Imperial playerresults
chooses 1 of theare
following:
certain
more favorable to
Each terminal has 7 Health instead of 4.
one
side or the other. The goal within
The door to the Atrium closes and is locked.
A Rebel figure can attack the door (Health:
each
isdeployment
for players to fulfill their
8, Defense:mission
1 black die). The red
point is now active.
mission
objectives, which often will
cause the mission to end. By fulfilling
4 CAMPAIGN GUIDE
objectives, players receive rewards that
will help them win the campaign.

Put Mission card A New Threat into


play. Heroes receive 100 credits per hero.
At the end of Round 6 or when all heroes
are wounded:
Imperial soldiers pour out of the forest
on all sides; the beacon has done its job,
and you have to run. With so many of
the Imperial survivors getting organized,
Rebel ground troops are going to have
their hands full.

all heroes are wounded.

Put Mission card Under Siege into play.


The Imperial player receives 1 influence.

Each player receives 1 XP. Heroes receive


100 credits per hero. The Imperial player
receives 1 influence.

ADDITIONAL REWARDS

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At certain points during a mission, the Imperial player will be


required to read information from the Campaign Guide aloud
and resolve rules listed there.

Arriving at the outpost, you immediately


open fire IMPERIAL
upon the troops
standing guard.
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Round 6: End of Mission

4. Finally, he places three Stormtrooper figures on


Door opens: Fortified
the map as close to the green deployment
point
All terminals destroyed or
all heroes wounded: End of
as possible.
Mission

At the end of Round 6 or when all heroes


are wounded:

LOCKDOWN are persistent and remain in play for the


Some mission rules
entire mission. Other rules consist of individual occurrences
that trigger only once, such as deploying reserved
figures or
ADDITIONAL REWARDS
increasing D.

3. He then looks at the diagram in the Campaign


EVENT SUMMARY
End of Round when door
Guide to locate the green deployment
point.
opens: Lockdown

Ending a Mission

Their plans disrupted, the remaining


Imperial forces fall into a hasty retreat.
Nice work! Your pilot grins back
at you as you pile into the transport.
Ground troopsll be able to keep em
nice and scattered now.

Each mission provides specific rules of play, including objectives


for the Rebel and Imperial players to achieve. This information,
including how and when the mission will end, is described in the
missions entry in the Campaign Guide.
`

Example of the End of


Mission section

STOP!
You now know everything needed to play the Aftermath
introductory mission. After completing this mission, you are
ready to continue your adventure by first following the rules
for c. Post-Mission Cleanup on page 13.
Over the course of the campaign, players resolve a variety
of missions while acquiring new items and abilities until the
campaign ends in a final climactic mission.

Campaign Structure
Playing a campaign is simple. Players first resolve a mission, and
then have the opportunity to purchase new Item cards, Class cards,
and Agenda cards. Then they resume their narrative by choosing
and resolving a new mission. They continue resolving these stages
until the campaign ends with a climatic mission known as a finale.
To continue a campaign, players check the campaign log, found
on the back of the Campaign guide, and resolve the next available
(unmarked) stage. mperIal ssault ampaIgn og

MISSION

THREAT LEVEL

REBEL UPGRADE

Tier 1 Items, Spend XP

INTRODUCTION

AftermAth

2. Rebel Upgrade Stage: Rebel players perform the


following steps:
a. Spend Credits: Rebel players draw six cards from the Item
deck listed on the campaign log and may purchase these
cards by spending credits (see Spending Credits below).
b. Spend Experience Points: Each hero can spend experience
points (XP) to purchase cards from his Class deck (see
Spending Experience Points on page 14).
3. Imperial Upgrade Stage: The Imperial player performs the
Experience (XP)
following steps:
IMPERIAL UPGRADE

Influence
a. Spend Influence: The Imperial player draws four cards
the Agenda deck and may purchase any of them
by spending Influence (see Spending Influence on page
14).
Agenda, Spend XP
Agenda, Spend XP
from

SIDE MISSION
In the above
example, players have just resolved the Aftermath
Tieravailable
1 Items, Spendstage.
XP
mission. The Rebel Upgrade stage
is the next
2
MISSION
1
There areSTORY
three
types
of stages: Mission Stages, Rebel Upgrade
Tier 1 Items, Spend XP
3
Stages, and Imperial Upgrade Stages.
SIDEStage:
MISSION Players perform the following steps:
1. Mission
1 / 2 Items, Spend XP
3
a. Choose Mission: Rebel players
refer toTierthe
campaign log

b. Spend ExperienceOngoing
Points: Agendas
The Imperial player can spend
Name from his Class deck (see Spending
Target
XP
to
purchase
cards
Agenda, Spend XP
Experience Points on page 14).
After
Agenda,
Spendresolving
XP

each stage, players mark this stages box on the


campaign log to track their progress.

MISSION 2 their next mission. If the entry reads Side


to STORY
determine
Tier 2 Items,
XP
Agenda,
Spend XP
Mission, heroes choose one
SideSpend
Mission
4 of the active
Spending
Credits
cards.
If
it
reads
Story
Mission,

they
choose
an
active
SIDE MISSION
During the Spend Credits step of the Rebel Upgrade Stage, players
Story Mission card.
Tier 2 Items, Spend XP
Agenda,
Spendsix
XP Item cards from the current tiers Item deck.
4
draw
mperIal
ssault ampaIgn og
b. Resolve
Mission:
Players
resolve
the
chosen
mission
following
SIDE MISSION
the rules for Playing Campaign Missions
on page
11.
Tier 2 / 3 Items,
Spend XP
Agenda,
SpendLEVEL
XP
4
MISSION
THREAT
REBEL UPGRADE
IMPERIAL UPGRADE
c. Post-Mission Cleanup: After resolving the mission,
players
INTRODUCTION
SIDE MISSION 3
STORY
perform the following:
Tier 1 Items, Spend XP
Agenda, Spend XP
Tier
Items, Spend XP
Agenda, Spend
2 XP
5
A3ftermAth
Experience (XP)
Heroes recover all H and C. Any wounded heroes flip
SIDE MISSION
SIDE MISSION
their Hero sheets to the healthy side.
Name
Name
Name
Tier 3 Items, Spend XP
Agenda, Spend XP
5
Tier 1 Items,
Spend
XP shows that heroes
Agenda, Spend
XP
2
The
campaign
log
above
draw
Heroes shuffle all Supply cards back into the Supply deck.

cards from the tier 1 Item deck.

STORY MISSION 4

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STORYin
MISSION
1
Heroes gain 50 credits6for each crateTiertoken
their
3 Items, Spend
XP
Agenda, Spend XP
Tier 1 Items, Spend XP
Agenda, Spend XP
3 the drawn Item
play areas, and then discard the tokens (see Campaign
Place
cards faceup on the table. Rebel players
Resources on pageFINALE
14).
THREAT LEVEL
then collectively decide the cards that they wish to purchase
SIDE MISSION

Heroes return the current missions card to the game box. 6


If players just resolved the introductorySTORY
mission,
MISSION 2
shuffle the Side Mission deck, and then draw two cards
FORCED
MISSION
MISSION
placing
them faceupTHREAT
on LEVEL
the table. These areFORCED
the active
SIDEresolve
MISSION
missions that Rebel players can choose to
during future Mission Stages.
FORCED MISSION

THREAT LEVEL

FORCED MISSION

Exp

Nam

Ong

Nam

Attack

by spending
credits
toSpend
the XP
cards costs.Agenda,
TheySpend
giveXPeach
Tierequal
1 / 2 Items,
3
Blaster - Pistol
purchased Item card to one hero, who
may
use
this
card in
B: +2H
future missions.
B: +1H, +2 Accuracy

Tier 2 Items, Spend XP

Item Card
Tier 2 Items, Spend XP
Cost

THREAT LEVEL

THREAT LEVEL

Agenda, Spend XP

The choice weapon of


smugglers across the galaxy.

Agenda, Spend XP

500 credits

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Credits
If players just resolved an active, non-agenda
Side
SIDE MISSION
Mission card, shuffle the Side Mission deck and draw
During
canSpend
alsoXPsell any Item
cards
Tier 2 / 3 Items,
Agenda,
Spendthat
XP they
4 this step, players
one card. This card is now an activeThreat
mission.
already
own. To sell a card, Rebel players receive an amount of
Level is equal to that of the previous Missions
Threat Level
SIDE MISSION 3
STORY
credits equal to half the cards cost. Then shuffle that card back
Tier 3 Items, Spend XP
Agenda, Spend
XP granted to print and photocopy this
Permission
into5the appropriate
Item deck.

Mission Cards

SIDE MISSION
There are three types of Mission cards: Side Missions,
Story
Missions, and Agenda Missions.

Then shuffle any Item cards not purchased back into their
Tierdecks.
3 Items, Spend XP
Agenda, Spend XP
5
corresponding
Item

Mission cards represent the different adventures


that
Rebel
STORY
MISSION
4
players can choose to undertake. Each card provides a brief
narrative explaining the missions story as well as the possible
rewards for completing that missions objectives.

Credits are not assigned to specific heroes, they are shared by


the group.
Tier 3 Items, Spend XP
Agenda, Spend XP
6

During campaign setup, Rebel players build a Side Mission


deck and the Imperial player builds an Agenda deck. Story
Mission cards are never randomized and become active as a
result of certain mission rewards.
FORCED MISSION

FINALE

Exp

Na

THREAT LEVEL

THREAT LEVEL

FORCED MISSION

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Weapon Expert

Spending Experience Points


1C: Use while attacking

Campaign Resources

to gain Pierce 1 and

When a player is allowed to spendapply


experience,
+2 Accuracy tohe
the may look
attack results.
through his deck of unpurchased Class
cards and choose to
purchase any of these cards by spending XP equal to the
cards cost.

Throughout a campaign, players acquire various resources as


rewards for completing missions. These resources are spent
to gain a variety of different advantages.
Experience Points: Both heroes and the Imperial player earn
experience points (XP). XP can be spent to purchase cards
from the players Class deck.
Credits: Heroes collectively earn credits that can be spent
to purchase powerful new weapons, armor, equipment, and
modifications.

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Winning the Campaign

These resources are not tracked with tokens. Instead,


players should use a pencil to write this information on the
campaign log, which is found on the back of the Campaign
Guide. When a player spends or gains one of these resources,
he records the new amount on this log.

Players ultimate goal is to win the last mission of the campaign,


known as the finale.
Throughout the course of the campaign, players receive rewards
such as Item cards, Class cards, Agenda cards, and allies that will
help them win this finale. Certain mission rewards also steer
the direction of the narrative and will dictate which of the finale
missions players will resolve.

Players can print out additional campaign logs online at:


IMPERIAL INDUSTRY
www.FantasyFlightGames.com

Spending Influence
The Imperial player may trigger
events or create active side
Meansspecial
of Production
Corellia - Imperial
- Facility
missions through the use of Agenda
cards.
An Imperial testing facility has made
During the Imperial Upgrade Stage,
the Imperial player shuffles
a recent breakthrough. With support,
their deadly
innovations
could be
put
his Agenda deck and secretly draws
four
Agenda
cards.
He may
to work very soon.
spend influence to purchase one
or
more
of
these
cards.
The cards
Play this card as side mission
of Production (page 20,
that he chooses not to purchaseMeans
are
shuffled
back
into
the
deck
Core Game).
without being revealed to the Rebel
After theplayers.
heroes resolve any other
side mission, discard this card and
receive the reward listed below.

The players who win the Finale are the ultimate victors and have
won the campaign.

Advanced Campaign Rules


There are a number of advanced concepts that players may not
Ambush
encounter for their first
few missions. This section describes these
1C: Use when you declare
advanced rules in
an detail.
attack targeting a
figure that does not

line of sight to you.


Attribute have
Tests

This attack gains Pierce 2.

Though not used in the introductory mission, many other


missions, abilities, andCovert
other game effects require heroes to
Hostile figures 4 or more
resolve an attribute
test.
spaces away from you do

Reward: Imperial Industry Reward Card

3 Influence

2 xp

After purchasing a Class card the player places it faceup in his play
area. He can use this cards abilities for the rest of the campaign.

Influence: The Imperial player collects influence which he


spends to resolve powerful Agenda cards.

Agenda Card
Cost

If it can kill a trooper, I can


make it work.

Class Card
Cost

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not have line


sight to
For example, a mission
ruleofmay
say: A hero can interact with
you. You do not block line
a terminal (I) of
tosight
open
any
door.
This means that the hero can
for those figures.
interact with a terminal to test his I attribute. If he passes, he
immediately opens the door.

If the card instructs him to keep it secret, he does not show it to


the Rebel players after purchasing it, and the only information
they will know about the card is its cost. Because of this, it is
recommended that the Imperial player reveal the cost portion
To resolve an attribute test, the player rolls the dice listed for that
of the card before marking the spent influence to help ensure no
attribute on his Hero sheet. If he rolls at least 1B, he passes the
mistakes are made in record-keeping. After purchasing, he keeps
test. If he does not roll any B, he fails the test.
the card and can resolve it later during the campaign as specified
Passing a test can Speed
often provide
specific benefits or advance
on the card.
Health Endurance
Defense
a given mission. Failing a test can often result in negative
All other Agenda cards are revealed and resolved immediately
consequences such as delaying progress on mission objectives.
after purchasing them. Unless instructed to keep the card in
play or shuffle it back into the Agenda deck, the Imperial player
Jyn rolls the blue die
and the green die when
returns Agenda cards to the gameBold
boxRenegade
after they are resolved.
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Some Agenda cards become active side missions when purchased.


Heroes can choose to resolve one of these missions anytime they
can resolve a side mission. These cards provide an automatic
reward to the Imperial player if the heroes decide to resolve
another side mission instead of this Agendas mission.
Agenda missions are returned to the game box when discarded or
completed.

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performing an J test.

Campaign Record Keeping

Item Restrictions

When players have finished playing Imperial Assault for the day,
they should perform the following steps to save their progress.
This will allow them to store the game and quickly resume the
campaign at the start of their next session:

Throughout the course of the campaign, players will acquire a


large number of Item cards. Heroes can potentially possess an
unlimited number of Item cards, but each hero is limited in what
he can bring to an individual mission:

Record Progress: Make sure the campaign log has up-todate information about all players XP, credits, and influence.
Players should also mark the current stage of the campaign
and list the names of all completed missions.
Store Components: Players should use some small plastic
bags (not included) to safely store components and keep them
separate between sessions:
-- General Bag: Store all active Mission cards and any Agenda
cards that are in play.
-- Imperial Bag: Store the purchased Imperial Class cards and
the Imperial players deck of unpurchased Agenda cards.
He also stores any of his secret Agenda cards that he has
purchased, being careful to keep them separate from his
Agenda deck.
-- Hero Bags (2-4): Each hero creates his own bag,
consisting of his Hero sheet, Item cards, and purchased
Class cards. One player should also store available allies
in his bag, if any.
All other components do not need to be kept separate and are
returned to the game box as players see fit; this includes all
Class cards that players have not purchased, so that they are not
confused with previously acquired Class cards.

Allies
Some Deployment cards have a bullet () before the figures name.
These allies represent unique personas, such as Luke Skywalker.
Imperial Allies, such as Darth Vader, are called villains but follow all
of the same rules as allies. Allies and villains cannot be used unless
dictated by the mission or until gained as a mission reward.
During missions, allies function like additional figures on that
players side. If a player wishes to bring an ally to a mission, he
must follow the Allies rules found in the Rules Reference Guide.

1 Armor card (R)


2 Weapon cards
(any card with an attack type followed by dice icons)
3 Equipment cards (S)

Trading Items
Before deploying to a mission, heroes may freely give any of their
Item cards, except for cards from a Class or Reward deck, to other
heroes. Item cards cannot be traded during a mission.

Modifications

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Some items are modifications. These cards are placed below a


weapon and provide the listed ability to the weapon.
Attack it can have,
Each weapon is limited in the number of modifications
- Pistol
listed as a number of bars at the bottomBlaster
right
corner of the card.

B: +2H

B: +1H, +2 Accuracy

The choice weapon of


smugglers across the galaxy.

Tactical Display

500 credits

Modification - Sights
Exhaust this card while
attacking to apply +1B
modification
to the attack results.

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two modifications.

Item card

Dont turn off your targeting


computer.
300 credits

What Now?

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You now know the general rules needed to play a complete


campaign of Imperial Assault. If any questions arise during
gameplay, refer to the Rules Reference Guide. The Rules
Reference Guide has complete rules for every topic and
includes many rules exceptions not listed in this Learn to
Play booklet.
In addition to the campaign, we encourage you to check
out the Skirmish Guide. These rules allow players to
construct armies of either Imperial, Rebel, or Mercenary
figures and face off against a single opponent in
fast-paced skirmish missions.

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Campaign Quick Reference


Campaign Mission Structure
Missions in Imperial Assault are played over a number of game
rounds. Each round consists of two phases that are resolved in the
following order:
1. Activation Phase
2. Status Phase
a. Increase Threat

Game Design: Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka,


Jonathan Ying
Additional Content and Design: Daniel Lovat Clark, Nathan Hajek,
Paul Winchester
Inspired by Game Designs by: Kevin Wilson and Adam Sadler
Graphic Design: Christopher Hosch, Taylor Ingvarsson, Evan Simonet, and
Michael Silsby with Christopher Beck, Shaun Boyke, and Monica Skupa
Cover Art: Michal Ivan
Hero Art: David Kegg, Brynn Metheney

b. Ready

Map Tile Art: Henning Ludvigsen

c. Deploy and Reinforce


d. End of Round Effects

Interior Art: Arden Beckwith, Christopher Burdett, Rovina Cai, Joel


Hustak, David Kegg, Ryan Valle, Timothy Ben Zweifel, and the artists
from the Lucasfilm Art Archives

e. Advance Round Dial

Art Direction: Zo Robinson

Actions
During the action phase, players alternate activating figure
groups, starting with a Rebel player. While activating a figure, it
receives 2 actions and can use them to perform any combination
of the following:
Move: Gain movement points equal to speed.
Attack: Attack a hostile figure. Only heroes can use more than
one action to attack.
Interact: Open an adjacent door, or use an adjacent crate or
terminal token.
Rest: Recover C (strain) and possibly H (damage). Only
heroes can perform a rest.
Special: Other effects that require an action (listed as A).

Campaign Stages

When playing a campaign, players resolve the following stages:


1. Mission Stage: Players choose and resolve a mission as follows:
a. Rebels Choose Active Mission
b. Resolve Mission
c. Post-Mission Cleanup
Heroes recover all damage and strain.
Heroes shuffle all of their Supply cards back into the deck.
Heroes gain 50 credits for each crate token in their play
areas, then discard the tokens.
Return the current missions card to the game box.
Draw a new Side Mission card (if needed).
2. Rebel Upgrade Stage: Perform the following steps:

Figure Sculpting: Benjamin Maillet with Jason Beaudoin,


Gordon Robb and Nick Miller
Proofreading: Mark Larson, Heather Silsbee, and Nikki Valens
Plastics Management: Jason Beaudoin and Jason Walden
Managing Art Director: Andy Christensen
Managing Graphic Designer: Brian Schomburg
FFG Licensing Coordinator: Amanda Greenhart
Production Manager: Eric Knight
Executive Producer: Michael Hurley
Publisher: Christian T. Petersen
Playtesters: Josh Ackerman, Mike Anderson, David Arrowsmith, Samuel
W. Bailey, Joe Baronowski, Jason Baxter, Karin Baxter, Matt Baxter,
Dan Besemann, Ian Captain Awesome Birdsall, Dylan Boesch, Jordan
Bolton, Bryan Bornmueller, John Britton, Nayt Brookes, Christopher
Brown, Charles Buege, Ben Burch, Christian Busch, Stefano Carlino,
James J Cartwright, Kara Centell-Dunk, Daniel Lovat Clark, Jhonn
Clements, Karl Collins, Michael Combellick, Matthew Cordeiro,
Cameron Cushman, Chris J Davis, Erik Davis, Emile de Maat, Simon
Forsbrook, Marieke Franssen, Debra Freytag, Jason Glawe, Brandan
Haines, Joe Hanna, Michael Hanson, Sam Hartzell, Adam Hewitt,
Anita Hilberdink, Jonathan Hirsch, Justin Hoeger, Colton Hoerner,
SimonUgavine Holden, Zack Holmes, Tim Huckelbery, Phil Jackson,
Matt Jackson, Bill James, Neil Jesse, Sean Joesbury, Kate Kemppainen,
Lillian Kemppainen, Steven Kimball, James Kniffen, Kalar Komarec,
Mike Kutz, Peter Lacko, Oli Lan, Kenneth G. Langaard, Mai-Li Le, Brett
Leeson, Jennifer Leeson, Scott Lewis, Josh Lewis, John Lundstrom,
Michael McFadgen, Matthew McTigue, William Mearns, Ashley Miles,
Darren Nakamura, Mercedes Opheim, Brianna Pasewalk, Andrew James
Princep, Nina Raita, Daniel Ramey, Chad Reverman, Patrick Schifano,
Brian Schomburg, Heather Silsbee, Niko Simmons, Jeremy Smith, Tiffany
Smith, Hvard Srensen, Sam Stewart, Samuel Stuart, Zach Tewalthomas,
Nate Tripp, Chad Valente, Martin van Schaijk, Peter VanDusartz IV,
Vera Visscher, Jason Walden, Lara Watkins, Brendan Weiskotten, Aaron
Wilkerson, Andrew Yeilding, Brandon Zimmer

a. Spend Credits (6 cards from current Item deck)

Special thanks to all of our beta testers.

b. Spend Experience on Class cards

Lucasfilm Approvals: Chris Gollaher

3. Imperial Upgrade Stage: Perform the following steps:


a. Spend Influence (4 cards from Agenda deck)
b. Spend Experience on Class cards

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